Christmas is the season of good will to all; and the residents of Huntingdonshire are amazingly generous when it comes to donating to the needy, but are foodbanks really essential in our days and times, when state benefits are available to all those who require them?
Godmanchester Foodbank, Huntingdon’s local foodbank which has branches in Sawtry and Yaxley provides food to families, couples and individuals all the year round.
Phil Jones, foodbank supervisor says, “The foodbank centres distribute food each week throughout the year and between April 2016 and December 22 tons of food which represents 6156 meals to adults and children over that period have gone out of our doors. These figures represent an increase in those 9 months of 800 parcels of varying sizes more than we did in 2015. In addition to this we like to give out specially seasonal parcels at Christmas time which total an extra 5 to 5 .5 tons of food.”
The Christmas hampers were prepared for distribution on 19th & 20th December by an army of volunteers from the community, who collected all the various items into the 250 hampers ready for collection. Housing associations, district and county council social services departments, churches and individuals, all identified those who needed extra help over the Christmas period.
The foodbank in East Chadley Lane, Godmanchester is open on Mondays and Thursday from 10am to 2pm. For more information ring 01480 458565 or visit their website on line www. godmanchester.foodbank.org.uk
Are foodbanks necessary?